Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Authored by: Neal A. Pollard , Lt John P. Sullivan

Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415507523
eBook ISBN: 9780203762721
Adobe ISBN: 9781134480296

10.4324/9780203762721.ch25

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Abstract

In recent years we appear increasingly to have imported from the American media the assumption that terrorism is 100% preventable and any incident that is not prevented is seen as a culpable government failure. This is a nonsensical way to consider terrorist risk and only plays into the hands of the terrorists themselves. Risk can be managed and reduced but it cannot realistically be abolished, and if we delude ourselves that it can, we are setting ourselves up for a nasty disappointment.

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